Today: Google (GOOG) roars to all-time high prices on Wall Street as it offers solutions to European issues. Also: Jobs report sparks markets, sends Dow above 14,000, but Apple (AAPL) and Facebook still fall.

Google hits new highs as it seeks to solve European issues

Records fell across Wall Street on Friday, as the Dow Jones industrial average crested 14,000 for the first time since the Great Recession and Mountain View search giant Google attained new high prices.

Google's spurt was stronger than the overall market's, as the Internet giant gained 2.7 percent and hit all-time intraday and closing highs at $776.60 and $775.60, respectively. Google's stock has been trending upward in 2013, with a boost from its recent earnings report, which showed an increase in the amount Google pulls in for every click on an ad, a metric that had been declining.

"If this continues to get better," Edward Jones investment firm analyst Josh Olson said at the time of the earnings release, "we can see there's light at the end of the tunnel."

Friday's rise for Google was likely fueled less by overall investor giddiness or advertising revenues, however, as the company seemed to be on the verge of solving its issues in Europe. After resolving antitrust charges in the United States in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission late last year, Google gave the European Commission investigating its core search business a list of changes it is willing to make to avoid charges of illegally using its standing as the dominant search engine.

Google's offer included specific labels for its own services in search results, to solve competitors' complaints about Google's preference for its own products, as well as trimming restrictions on advertisers, according to an unnamed Reuters source. The commission in charge of the investigation, which has lasted for two years, said it was analyzing Google's offer.

Google also settled a challenge from the French media, which wanted the company to pay licensing fees for linking to content. To avoid such a precedent, Google agreed to put $82 million into a fund that will help the companies learn to deal with the new media environment on the Internet. Google settled a similar case in Belgium, but still faces the same issue in Germany.

If Google can put to rest the antitrust investigation and anger from European news organizations, the issues it has faced in Europe for years could finally be behind the company, with one exception -- countries' anger about the amount of tax the company pays. While Great Britain has grilled a Google executive on the topic and France and Italy are pushing for big tax bills, Google has simply maintained that

A board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The Dow stock
A board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The Dow stock market index closed above 14,000 for the first time since before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. It's gained 6.9 percent this year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ( Richard Drew )